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Better With Books

Better With Books by Melissa Hart * in Westgate Library

“to ignite empathy and encourage self-acceptance” 


All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook - Conner

*Almost Home - Bauer

*Ashes to Asheville - Dooley

Bo at Ballard Creek - Hill

*Counting by 7s - Goldberg

Dream of Night - Henson

Fast Break - Lupica

Finding Family - Bolden

*Forever, or a Long, Long Time - Carter

Half a World Away - Kadohata

Hope in the Holler - Tyre

*Kinda Like Brothers - Booth

*The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher - Levy

My Family for the War - Voorhoeve

Ninth Ward - Rhodes

Orphan Island - Snyder

Paper Chains - Vickers

*Patina - Reynolds

Red Butterfly - Sonnichsen

Sara Lost and Found - Castleman

Strays Like Us - Galante

Summer of the Gypsy Moths - Pennypacker

Three Pennies - Crowder

*The War that Saved My Life - Brubaker

The Way the Light Bends - Jensen

When Friendship Followed Me Home - Griffin


Beautiful: A Girl’s Trip Through the Looking Glass - D’Abreo

A Blind Guide to Stinkville - Vrabel

*Brave - Chmakova

Caleb and Kit - Vrabel

*Cosmic - Boyce

Dear Opl - Sackier

*El Deafo - Bell

Garvey’s Choice - Grimes

Husky - Sayre

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus - Bowling

Jane, the Fox, and Me - Britt

Karma Khullar’s Moustache - Wientge

The Second Life of Abigail Walker - Dowell

Short - Sloan

Skinny - Cooner

*Smile - Telgemeier

Sticks and Stones - Cooper

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina - DePrince

Ugly - Hoge

The Ugly One - Ellis

*Wonder - Palacio

Zitface - Howse


*Amina’s Voice - Khan

Escape from Aleppo - Senzai

*Front Desk - Yang

Gaby, Lost and Found - Cervantes

Grape! - Arquilevich

Harbor Me - Woodson

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Agosin

*Inside Out and Back Again - Lai

*It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel - Dumas

*A Long Pitch Home - Lorenzi

My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope - Guerrero

*The Night Diary - Hiranandani

Nowhere Boy - Marsh

*The Only Road - Diaz

Paper Wishes - Sepahban

*The Red Pencil - Pinkney

*Refugee - 

Return to Sender - Alvarez

Same Sun Here - House and Vaswani

*Save Me a Seat - Weeks and Varadarajan

*Shooting Kabul - Senzai

Someone Like Me - Arce

Star in the Forest - Resau

*Stef Soto, Taco Queen - Torres

The Turtles of Oman - Nye

The Weight of Water - Crossan

*Wishtree - Applegate


*Absolutely Almost - Graff

Al Capone Does My Homework - Choldenko

Bluefish - Schmatz

Chester and Gus - McGovern

Ever After Ever - Sonnenblick

*Fish in a Tree - Hunt

*Hello, Universe - Kelly

How to Speak Dolphin - Rorby

*The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza (and other titles in series) - Gantos

*The Lightning Thief - Riordan

Lights, Camera, Disaster - Dionne

*Mockingbird - Erskine

Now is the Time for Running - Williams

Pack of Dorks (and other titles in series) - Vrabel

Positively Izzy - Libenson

*Rain Reign - Martin

Things I Should Have Known - LaZebnik

This is Not the Abby Show - Fischer

*The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle - Connor

*Ungifted - Korman

A Whole New Ballgame - Bildner


*Ashes to Asheville – Dooley

*The Best Man – Peck

Better Nate than Ever – Federle

The Boy in the Dress – Walliams

Drama – Telgemeier

Drum Roll, Please – Bigelow

*George – Gino

*Gracefully Grayson – Polonsky

*Hurricane Child – Callender

*Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World – Blake

Lily and Dunkin – Gephart

Marco Impossible – Moskowitz

*The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher – Levy

My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer – Gennari

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights – Benjamin

The Other Boy – Hennessey

The Prince and the Dressmaker – Wang

Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew – Whitley

P. S. I Miss You – Petro-Roy

Saving Montgomery Sole – Tamaki

Star-Crossed – Dee



All the Things that Could Go Wrong – Foster

*Booked – Alexander

Checked – Kadohata

Courage for Beginners

*The Crossover – Alexander

The Education of Ivy Blake – Airgood

Eleven – Rogers

*Finding Langston – Cline-Ransome

Finding Perfect – Swartz

*Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures – DiCamillo

?Forget Me Not – Terry

Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom – Vivat

From You to Me – Holt

*Ghost – Reynolds

The Girl with More Than One Heart – Bass

In Your Shoes – Gephart

The Land of Neverendings – Saunders

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl – McAnulty

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story – Baskin

OCDaniel – King

Raymie Nightingale – DiCamillo

The Seventh Wish – Messner

Small as an Elephant – Jacobson

Some Kind of Happiness – Legrand

Sparrow – Moon

A Stitch in Time – Kalmar

*Swing It, Sunny – Holm

*Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Lin

You Go First – Kelly



Avenging the Owl – Hart

*Be Prepared – Brosgol

Blazing Courage – Halls

*Cosmic – Boyce

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say – Cavanaugh

Endangered – Schrefer

Endling #1: The Last – Applegate

Finding Esme – Crowley

Forest World – Engle

Half a Chance – Lord

Me and Marvin Gardens – King

Nature Girl – Kelley

*The One and Only Ivan – Applegate

The One Safe Place – Unsworth

Operation Redwood – French

*Pax – Pennypacker

?Poached – Gibbs

*Refugee – Gratz

*Skeleton Tree – Lawrence

Squirm – Hiaasen

Steering Towards Normal – Petruck

Storm-Wake – Christopher

The Thing About Jellyfish – Benjamin

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp – Appelt

Where the Watermelon Grow – Baldwin

*The Wild Robot – Brown

Willa of the Wood – Beatty



All Better Now – Smith

As Brave As You – Reynolds

The Baking Life of Amelie Day – Curtis

A Blind Guide to Stinkville – Vrabel

Braced – Gerber

*El Deafo – Bell

Everything Else in the Universe – Holczer

Halfway Normal – Dee

*Hello, Universe – Kelly

I Funny – Patterson and Grabenstein

The Land of Neverendings – Saunders

Lucky Broken Girl – Behar

Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog – Plourde

Mayday – Harrington

Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School- Shang and Shang

Not As We Know It – Avery

*Out of My Mind – Draper

Paperboy – Vawter

Red Butterfly – Sonnichsen

Soar – Bauer

Sounds of Silence – Tomasso

This Kid Can Fly – Philip

Ugly – Hoge

*The War that Saved My Life – Bradley

Wild Blues – Kephart

*Wonder – Palacio

*Wonderstruck – Selznick

The Zoo at the Edge of the World – Gale



After the Shot Drops – Ribay

Almost Home – Bauer

*Amal Unbound – Saeed

Binny Bewitched – McKay

Body of Water – Dooley

The Boy Who Lied – Slater

*Crenshaw – Applegate

The Dollar Kids – Jacobsen

Fast Break – Lupica

Flor and Miranda Steal the Show – Torres

Hold Fast – Balliett

Hope in the Holler – Tyre

*How to Steal a Dog – O’Connor

If I Ever Get Out of Here – Gansworth

Invisible Girl – Maryon

Just Under the Clouds – Sarno

Louisiana’s Way Home – DiCamillo

Midnight Without a Moon – Jackson

*The Mighty Miss Malone – Curtis

Now is the Time for Running – Williams

Paper Things – Jacobsen

Red Leaves – Brahmachari

The Seventh Most Important Thing – Pearsall

So Done – Chase

This Kid Can Fly – Philip

Trash – Mulligan

The Truth about Twinkie Pie – Yeh

*Turtle in Paradise – Holm

*Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere – Lamana



As Brave as You – Reynolds

*Betty Before X – Shabazz

?Blackbird Fly – Kelly

*Booked – Alexander

*Brown Girl Dreaming – Woodson

Canned and Crushed – Belford

*Clayton Byrd Goes Underground – Williams-Garcia

Confetti Girl – López

*The Crossover – Alexander

Darius the Great is Not Okay – Khorram

The Dreamer – Ryan

*The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora – Cartaya

*The First Rule of Punk – Pérez

Full Cicada Moon – Hilton

*The Great Wall of Lucy Wu – Shang

A Handful of Stars – Lord

The House that Lou Built – Respicio

*It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel – Dumas

*Lowriders in Space – Camper

Midnight Without a Moon – Jackson

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah – Freedman

*The Night Diary – Hiranandani

*One Crazy Summer – Williams-Garcia

One Good Thing About America – Freeman

Paper Chains – Vickers

*The Parker Inheritance – Johnson

Piecing Me Together – Watson

Somewhere Among – Donwerth-Chikamatsu

*The Stars Beneath Our Feet – Moore

*Stella By Starlight – Draper

*The Thing About Luck – Kadohata

Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry – Vaught

*Tortilla Sun – Cervantes

*Wishtree – Applegate


Ahimsa – Kelkar

Devoted – Mathieu

Dreidels on the Brain – ben Izzy

Echo Still – Tibbitts

8th Grade Super Zero – Rhuday-Perkovich

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say – Cavanaugh

Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature – Brande

The Garden of My Imaan – Zia

The Girl Who Fell to Earth- Al-Maria

Heart of a Shepherd – Parry

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog – Gidwitz

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah – Freedman

The Opposite of Hallelujah – Jarzab

Running the Roof of the World – Butterworth

*Shooting Kabul – Senzai

This is Just a Test – Rosenberg and Shang

The Whole Story of Half a Girl – Hiranandani

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